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'Hooded Men' win latest stage of legal battle for probe into torture claims

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has dismissed an appeal by the Police Service of Northern Ireland against a ruling that detectives should investigate allegations that 14 internees were tortured. The internees, known as the Hooded Men, say they were subjected to five techniques including hooding, being put in stress positions, forced to listen to white noise and deprived of sleep, food and water. It came following the introduction of the controversial policy of internment without trial by Stormont on August 9 1971 when hundreds of suspects were detained. The European Court of Human Rights previously ruled that while the men suffered inhumane and degrading treatment, it fell short of torture.

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